Franklin Theatre

    Our Story


    Our enduring romance with the Franklin Theatre began in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street, invited Middle Tennesseans to buy a ticket – and laugh, cry and dream. Inside the theater walls, moviegoers enjoyed fresh popcorn, afternoon matinees and first kisses. They walked away with a lifetime of memories.

    Over the next 70 years, the world changed a lot – but the Franklin Theatre stood as a testament to a simpler way of life. But time eventually took its toll on the venerable movie house, and the doors closed in 2007 under the pressing of rising rents and the trend toward mega-theaters.

    Enter the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Rather than lose the heart of Main Street, the nonprofit preservation group stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work – and an investment of more than $8 million – the historic Franklin Theatre re-emerged better than ever.

    The new Franklin Theatre continues the cherished tradition of showing movies, but also adds a new dimension to Main Street – live music. With a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and undeniable charm, the Franklin Theatre is destined to be an entertainment and cultural icon for years to come.

    Venue Details
    Working Hours
    • Weekdays
      12:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday
      09:00 - 23:59
    • Sunday
      09:00 - 23:59
    Venue Map
    Events of the Venue
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    October 22, 2021
    These performances are rescheduled to October 22- 2021. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new date.
    October 23, 2021
    Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
    October 23, 2021
    Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
    October 24, 2021
    The Mystery Inc. gang have gone their separate ways and have been apart for two years, until they each receive an invitation to Spooky Island. Not knowing that the others have also been invited, they show up and discover an amusement park that affects young visitors in very strange ways. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby soon realize that they cannot solve this mystery without help from each other.
    October 27, 2021
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    October 29, 2021
    These performances are rescheduled to October 29-30, 2021. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new dates.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
    October 31, 2021
    The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams' friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families.
    October 31, 2021
    A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
    November 14, 2021
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    November 18, 2021
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    November 21, 2021
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    November 23, 2021
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    November 27, 2021
    In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
    December 3, 2021
    These performances are rescheduled to December 3-4, 2021. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new dates.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.



    Part of the Celebration of Dance Series
    December 6, 2021
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    December 8, 2021
    A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.
    December 9, 2021
    This show has been rescheduled to December 9, 2021 at 8:00 PM. All previously purchased tickets will be honored.
    December 10, 2021
    Emily West brings her lovingly-curated, one of a kind Christmas Magic, filled with her own seasonal compositions, songs from her new record Dear Diary, and all the classics sung only the way Miss West can to the Franklin Theatre on Friday Dec. 10th.
    December 12, 2021
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    December 14, 2021
    Steve Wariner has achieved 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top Ten hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Lynda,” and more.
    December 17, 2021
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    December 18, 2021
    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
    December 19, 2021
    As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.
    December 20, 2021
    Join Tommy Howell (famed actor C. Thomas Howell) and special guests on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the beautiful Franklin Theatre as he brings his “Cowboy Christmas” show to historic downtown Franklin, TN. An evening filled with original music, Christmas tunes and amazing storytelling will fill the air as we celebrate the Holidays! A truly fun and magical evening is in store for all!
    December 21, 2021
    Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
    December 21, 2021
    George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all - and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence - who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years.
    December 26, 2021
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    December 27, 2021
    Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.
    December 28, 2021
    The lives of several couples and singles in New York City intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve.
    December 30, 2021
    Spanning a long decade of inconclusive debates and logical arguments on the ever-present question of whether men and women can be just friends, the successful political consultant, Harry Burns, and the New York City journalist, Sally Albright, still haven't found the answer. Against the backdrop of a strictly platonic friendship peppered with intense love/hate moments, Harry and Sally stubbornly refuse to accept that they are the perfect match, even though they love to banter when they are not bickering. Now, after all this time, they still find themselves before this complex ongoing problem. Will the best friends stop denying the pure magnetism that prevailed ever since Harry met Sally?
    January 21, 2022
    Part of the Great Performances Series
    February 5, 2022
    These performances are rescheduled to February 5-6, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new date.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
    February 11, 2022
    Part of the Celebration of Dance Series
    February 26, 2022
    These concerts have been rescheduled for February 26, 2022. All previously purchased tickets have been automatically transferred to the new dates.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the recent coronavirus outbreak.
    March 3, 2022
    Cabaret and Premium Classic seating includes a post-show Meet & Greet!
    March 4, 2022
    Part of the Celebration of Dance Series
    March 12, 2022
    These performances are rescheduled to March 12-13, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new dates.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
    March 18, 2022
    These performances are rescheduled to March 18-19, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new dates.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.



    Part of the Celebration of Dance Series
    March 30, 2022
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    April 8, 2022
    Part of the Great Performances Series
    April 22, 2022
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